The hardest part of having autism is the anxiety, a woman with autism said. Anxiety is separate from autism, but it is not surprising that she sees the two disorders as being linked. An extraordinary number of people with autism also have anxiety. Must they endure it in silence?
Research on the subject may be limited, but children and adults with autism do not need to suffer silently with an anxiety disorder. Learn about anxiety treatments – medications and cognitive behavior therapy – for people on the spectrum with anxiety.
Children and teens with autism are more likely to be admitted to a hospital for mental health care than their classmates. Researchers wanted to know why.
Antipsychotic drugs have become something of a "go-to" treatment for the most severe behavior in autism. They're prescribed frequently to children and adults. What are the risks and benefits?
Children and adults with autism face depression at higher rates than the general population. Once their depression is recognized and diagnosed, what treatments work best for them? (Part 2 of a two-part series).
Self-injury – hitting, scratching or biting oneself – is a particularly challenging behavior often found in autism. Find out what causes it, and what treatments can help.
Have you struggled to find a mental health provider with experience in autism? Some child psychiatrists say providers need more training in ASD.
When Luther Kalb worked at a hospital unit for children with psychiatric problems and developmental disabilities, he heard "horror stories" about the children entering the hospital through the Emergency Room (ER). Later, he became part of a research team that created the first large study of psychiatric-related ER visits for children with autism. The study reached interesting conclusions about how often children with autism visit the ER and why their insurance might play a role.
Parents of children with autism are faced with many difficult decisions on how to best help their child. There is a variety of options to consider, including educational programming, behavioral treatments, alternative therapies, obtaining further assessments -- the list goes on and on. This 2008 article is meant to help parents considering whether to try treatment with antipsychotic medication.
What types of medications are children with ASD taking? Based on the IAN data, the vast majority of the medications are psychotropic. Parents have submitted information on about 2,900 stimulants, neuroleptics, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and anxiolytics, while they have submitted information on only about 200 nonpsychiatric drugs. These nonpsychiatric medications range from antifungals (like Diflucan) to antibiotics, antihistamines, and laxatives.